PORT CHARLOTTE - Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives continue their investigation into one of two bombs exploding in a Port Charlotte restaurant parking lot Friday evening; one person was injured by chemical fumes.
CCSO received the call at 5:56 p.m. and dispatched deputies to Joe Crackers, 1020 Tamiami Trail. Witnesses told deputies they heard a loud bang and observed smoke coming from a plastic soda bottle they found in the parking lot. A 27 year old North Port woman said she saw the explosion and inhaled some of the smoke; she said it tasted like chemicals. EMS was called and deputies said she was treated and released at the scene.
While deputies checked the bottle that exploded, they located an unexploded one in the bushes nearby. Charlotte County Fire cleared both containers and turned them over to deputies for evidence and analysis.
Witnesses told deputies they saw a newer model gold in color Toyota Corolla driving around the parking lot three times before backing into the parking spot where the explosion came from shortly after the car the area. The injured witness said she saw two males in the car. The investigation continues.
If you have information about this incident, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).